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Research has shown that healthy students are better learners! The conference presentations were designed to empower attendees with the knowledge, skills and strategies to improve health and wellness in schools. The Fit 2 Learn conference was organized in June 2019 by TSET Healthy Living Program grantees in Tulsa County, and video recordings of the presentations are now available.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released “BAM! Body and Mind“. This exciting resource is dedicated entirely to classroom resources for teachers, The page contains a variety of information and resources for teachers of grades 4-8 to use in the classroom and help students make healthier lifestyle choices.

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Looking for strategies for health in schools?

Downloadable graphics and handout resources are available for use in presentations, on websites, and handouts. These four handouts provide examples of evidence-based strategies and promising practices for using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) framework to promote student health before, during and after school are available in the “Strategies for Using the WSCC Model” section on the CDC Healthy Schools website.

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The National Youth Sports Strategy is an essential resource for policymakers and key decision-makers in youth sports. It aims to unite U.S. youth sports culture around a shared vision: that one day, all young people will have the opportunity, motivation, and access to play sports — regardless of their race, ethnicity, sex, ability, or ZIP code.

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Increasing a community’s access to fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods is an essential way to lower rates of obesity and improve wellness at a wider level. But obstacles that create and perpetuate food deserts can make it difficult for TSET Healthy Living Program grantees and other concerned citizens who are working to make healthy foods more accessible for everyone.

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Youth use of e-cigarettes continues to be an emerging public health challenge. Addressing this challenge requires the cooperation of state and territorial public health agencies with school administrators, nurses, teachers, and other school-based stakeholders to ensure that all young people can learn in an environment free from e-cigarette use.

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The Oklahoma State Dept. of Health (OSDH) – Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Center) has created a Tobacco Prevention & Youth Engagement Resource Guide to support adults who educate or engage youth about the dangers of tobacco use and early nicotine exposure in multiple settings—communities, schools, worksites and healthcare facilities.

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In an August 2019 advisory, U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome Adams emphasizes the importance of protecting our nation from the health risks of marijuana use in adolescence and during pregnancy. According to the advisory, recent increases in access to marijuana and in its potency, along with misperceptions of safety of marijuana endanger our most precious resource, our nation’s youth. This is the surgeon general’s first advisory related to marijuana since the 1980s.

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The CDC has released “Physical Activity Breaks for the Workplace Resource Guide”. It is designed for all employers, regardless of size or industry type. It provides many resources and ideas to help employees build short (5–10-minute) activity breaks into their workdays.

They range from simple activities, such as stretching and office workouts, to more complex activities, such as pantomimes that can be done individually or in groups. Most require little to no equipment and many can be done at the employee’s desk.

Click here for the resource guide

 

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All children deserve the opportunity to meet their full health potential and lead a fulfilling life. Yet health inequities in the United States prevent many kids from meeting their full potential. Research shows that prevention and early intervention are effective for children living in circumstances that put them at risk (such as living in poverty or being exposed to chronic adversity). Practice, policy, and systems-level changes informed by science can reduce the odds of adverse exposures, narrow health disparities, and advance health equity.

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